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Cyclone Remal: One dead, two injured in Calcutta; Metro services, traffic disrupted

Flight services from the Calcutta airport resumed on Monday morning after being suspended for 21 hours in view of the cyclone, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said

PTI Calcutta Published 27.05.24, 03:43 PM
Commuters wade through a waterlogged road amid rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal's landfall, in Kolkata, Monday, May 27, 2024.

Commuters wade through a waterlogged road amid rains in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal's landfall, in Kolkata, Monday, May 27, 2024. PTI

One person died and two others were injured in Calcutta following heavy rain triggered by Cyclone Remal that pummelled the coasts of West Bengal and neighbouring Bangladesh with devastating wind speeds, officials said on Monday.

A man died of his injuries when a wall collapsed due to relentless downpour on Sunday at the Bibir Bagan area of Entally in central Calcutta, a state disaster management official said.

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Two others suffered injuries in Maniktala area after the cyclone struck, though the exact cause is yet to be known, he said.

Calcutta recorded 150-mm rainfall in 24 hours till 8.30 am, while neighbouring Salt Lake received 110-mm rain during the period. Tarakeswar in Hooghly received the highest amount of rainfall in south Bengal at 300 mm, the Met office said.

Vehicular traffic movement was disrupted in several pockets of Calcutta since Monday morning, the first working day of the week, as trees lay uprooted and streets overflowed with water on account of the incessant rain the cyclonic system brought over the city.

Reports of uprooting of trees were received from Southern Avenue, Lake Place, Chetla, D L Khan Road, Dufferin Road, Ballygunge Road, New Alipore, Behala, Jadavpur, Golpark, Hatibagan, Jagat Mukherjee Park and College Street, as well as the city’s adjoining Salt Lake area, the officials said.

Around 68 trees were uprooted in Calcutta, and another 75 in nearby Salt Lake and Rajarhat area.

“Water-logging was reported from various places including Southern Avenue, Lake View Road, Pratapaditya Road, Tollygunge Phari, Alipore and Central Avenue, resulting in traffic diversion,” a senior officer of Calcutta Traffic Police said.

Major arterial roads like Central Avenue and College Street in central Calcutta and pockets of Ballygunge, Dhakuria and Behala in the south continued to remain waterlogged during the later part of the day as well.

Meanwhile, train services in the Sealdah South section of Eastern Railway resumed at 9 am after remaining suspended for three hours in the morning, an ER official said.

Flight services from the Calcutta airport also resumed on Monday morning after being suspended for 21 hours in view of the cyclone, a senior Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said.

Metro Railway services in the north-south corridor were disrupted in parts for four-and-a-half hours on Monday morning.

The services continued in a truncated manner between Dakshineswar-Girish Park stations and Kavi Subhash-Mahanayak Uttam Kumar stations (Tollygunj-New Garia) from 7:51 am to 12 pm, a Metro Railway spokesperson said.

The disruption occurred due to waterlogging on tracks in between Park Street and Esplanade stations.

Normal services over the entire stretch of Dakshineswar-New Garia (Kavi Subhas), called the ‘Blue Line’, resumed from 12:05 pm, the official said.

Calcutta Mayor Firhad Hakim said the municipal corporation was trying to address the situation on war footing.

"The situation is not that worse compared to what it was when Cyclone Amphan hit. The trees are being removed to make way for traffic. The drainage pumps are also operating at full strength," Hakim told PTI.

Salt Lake Mayor Krishna Chakraborty said the uprooted trees have been removed and roads are clear for traffic movement.

The Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port in Calcutta, which suspended all cargo and container handling operations in the wake of Cyclone Remal, began returning to normal on Monday and ship navigation is expected to commence in the evening, a top official said.

"There was no major impact of the cyclone on the port infrastructure in both Calcutta and Haldia docks except for some uprooted trees causing disruptions. The port will begin operations from 2 pm onwards, and navigation of ships is also expected to resume from the evening," Chairman Rathendra Raman told PTI.

The port had halted operations from 6 pm on May 26 to 6 am on May 27 in view of the cyclone.

Meanwhile, Governor C V Ananda Bose said in a message issued by the Raj Bhavan: "We are all greatly relieved that no reported casualty is there. Cyclone Remal is weakening. The people of Bengal are able to brave it with courage. We are keeping a watch on the situation. If there is any need, Raj Bhavan's doors are open for all." Bose has also constituted a task force at the Raj Bhavan.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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